Insights from a Czech Scholar in Japan Archive

  • Three months on from March 11, reports on the latest disaster-related news from Japan are no longer the lead stories in the Czech media. At the same time, as Czech scholar Petra Karlová notes, a recent Czech television series has been introducing viewers to the architectural ties that linked the two countries in the past.

    Japan on Czech TV

    Three months on from March 11, reports on the latest disaster-related news from Japan are no longer the lead stories in the Czech media. At the same time, as Czech scholar Petra Karlová notes, a recent Czech television series has been introducing viewers to the architectural ties that linked the two countries in the past.

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  • Czech researcher Petra Karlova sees energy conservation as a major task to be tackled as a nation—but also as something to be undertaken, and considered carefully, by individuals. The lessons that each of us takes away from this will impact the shape of the future that we create in the course of recovery.

    Personal Lessons in Conservation

    Czech researcher Petra Karlova sees energy conservation as a major task to be tackled as a nation—but also as something to be undertaken, and considered carefully, by individuals. The lessons that each of us takes away from this will impact the shape of the future that we create in the course of recovery.

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  • Petra Karlova, a Czech scholar studying at Waseda University, explains how the recent disaster in Japan has changed her perception of water. In the PET bottles that initially seemed to encapsulate the abnormality of post-disaster life, she now sees a poignant reflection of survivors' hopes, fears, and feelings toward the departed.

    Bottled Up Feelings About Water

    Petra Karlova, a Czech scholar studying at Waseda University, explains how the recent disaster in Japan has changed her perception of water. In the PET bottles that initially seemed to encapsulate the abnormality of post-disaster life, she now sees a poignant reflection of survivors' hopes, fears, and feelings toward the departed.

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  • Petra Karlova, a Czech scholar studying at Waseda University, suggests that the virtue of Japanese restraint may end up impeding recovery. She calls for people in the Tōhoku disaster areas to be “self-centered“ enough to spell out exactly what kind of assistance they need.

    The Downside to Japanese Self-Restraint

    Petra Karlova, a Czech scholar studying at Waseda University, suggests that the virtue of Japanese restraint may end up impeding recovery. She calls for people in the Tōhoku disaster areas to be “self-centered“ enough to spell out exactly what kind of assistance they need.

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  • After the earthquake, life in Tokyo had mostly returned to normal for graduate student Petra Karlova. Sensationalistic reporting in the Czech media, however, made family and friends back home increasingly worried for her safety. Now having left Japan, she is shocked by the state of Czech reporting of the crisis.

    Stay Strong Japan! You Are Not Alone!

    After the earthquake, life in Tokyo had mostly returned to normal for graduate student Petra Karlova. Sensationalistic reporting in the Czech media, however, made family and friends back home increasingly worried for her safety. Now having left Japan, she is shocked by the state of Czech reporting of the crisis.

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